Stonington police: Intoxicated man threatened driver with hatchet, resisted arrest

Stonington — A Westerly man was arrested early Friday morning after police say he threatened another man with a hatchet following an accident in Pawcatuck then struggled for several minutes with police officers who were trying to get him into the cruiser.

Police said the man, Everett Jackquontee Beltran, 23, of 199 Main St., Apt. D, was intoxicated.

Beltran was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, threatening, having a weapon in a motor vehicle, interfering with a police officer, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, breach of peace, failure to drive right, improper use of markers, evading responsibility and driving without insurance.

Police said that at 12:55 a.m., an officer saw two men arguing in the parking lot of Evans Mobil on Route 1 in downtown Pawcatuck.

The other man told police that as he and Beltran were driving in opposite directions on Route 1, Beltran crossed the double yellow line, sideswiping his vehicle and then driving away. The man followed Beltran, who pulled into the Evans Mobil lot. The two men then got out of their cars and began to argue. According to the man and a witness, Beltran then retrieved a hatchet from the trunk of his car and held it as the argument continued. When police arrived, the man and the witness said Beltran put the hatchet back in his trunk.

Police said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Beltran's breath, he was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot. As he spoke with officers he yelled and used profanity. When police placed him under arrest, Beltran refused to get in the cruiser. Police said officers struggled for several minutes to place him in the cruiser. They then recovered a hatchet and marijuana from his car. Police also discovered there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on other charges.

He did appear in court later in the day as he was arraigned in New London Superior Court. He is being held on a $20,500 bond. 

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